SKODA OCTAVIA DRIVE IMPRESSIONS. MORE COMFORT ORIENTED NOW.

Skoda launched the MARK 4 Octavia in Indian market at Rs-25,99,000/- EX-SHOWROOM prices. The price is on the higher side if you look at the package. I had a chance to drive the vehicle few weeks ago and here what I think about it. Special thanks to my good friend WE GUIDE AUTO for providing us the images of the 2021 Skoda Octavia. I was unable to take the images of vehicle while test driving. So, thank you very much WE GUIDE AUTO.
ENGINES- The Skoda Octavia is powered by a 2.0L TSI petrol engine which produces 190 BHP and 320 NM of torque mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox only. This engine also powers other VW and Skoda vehicle like Skoda Superb, VW tiguan all space and etc.
FEATURES- Skoda Octavia offers a lot of features like wireless charging, USB c type charging port, New 8-inch infotainment system, 360-degree parking camers, wireless apple carplay and android auto, a beautiful virtual cockpit etc. It is decently loaded but misses out on some features like a sunroof and ventilated seats which should be there at this huge price point.
DRIVE IMPRESSIONS- Skoda Octavia is popular among enthusiast for it’s fun to drive nature and aggressive performance and looks. But unfortunately, the 2021 Octavia is now more comfort oriented leaving it’s fun to drive character. The engine is brilliant in terms of power. The performance is good but it’s the suspension and steering which disappoints. The suspension setup on the new Octavia is on the softer side which offers very good ride quality and you don’t feel much bumps inside the cabin but from Octavia I was expecting a stiffer setup which gives you that amazing stability in corners. The steering too also disappoints because for a Skoda, the steering should be sharp but the steering on the new Octavia doesn’t feel connected and don’t offer much feel and feed back. It is light on the low speeds which makes it convenient to drive in cities. All and all, if you are looking for a family sedan which offers great comfort, go with Octavia for sure in this budget. PROS AND CONS OF SKODA OCTAVIA-
PROS- 1. PREMIUM INTERIOR WITH GOOD QUALITY. 2. 2.0L TSI PETROL ENGINE OFFERS VERY GOOD PERFORMANCE. 3. COMFORTABLE RIDE QUALITY AND HIGH SPEED STABILITY. 4. MASSIVE 600L OF BOOT.
CONS- 1. THE PRICES. 2. SKODA AFTERSALES SERVICE. 3. 137 MM OF GROUND CLERANCE. NOT ENOUGH FOR INDIAN ROAD CONDITION. 4. FLOOR HUMP ON THE REAR MIDDLE SECTION WHICH MAKES THE SITTING DIFICULT FOR MIDDLE PASSENGER.
FINAL VERDICT- Skoda Octavia does offers a good overall package but when you look at the prices of 2021 Octavia. It doesn’t make sense. Rs-31.14L ( On road price) for base variant and Rs-34.68L (On road) for top trim. It is definitely overpriced. At this price you get better vehicles like a Jeep Compass or a Citroen C5 Aircross or you can get a Mahindra Alturs G4 by spending a little more which makes more sense as compare to buying a sedan at this price. The prices could be better but Skoda messed up this time according to me. Finally, lets give it a AUTOGRAM07 score. We will give it a 7.5/10 because it doesn’t justify a big price tag of Rs-35L ( for top trim).

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